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Crow Butte

North America map showing location of Crow Butte property

Crow Butte was discovered in 1980 and began production in 1991. It is the first uranium mine in Nebraska, and is a significant contributor to the economy of northwest Nebraska.

Location Nebraska, US
Ownership 100%
End product Uranium concentrates
ISO certification ISO 14001 certified
Estimated reserves 2.3 million pounds (proven), average grade U3O8: 0.11%
Estimated resources 14.6 million pounds (indicated), average grade U3O8: 0.27%
2.9 million pounds (inferred), average grade U3O8: 0.12%
Mining methods In situ recovery (ISR)
Licensed capacity
(processing plants and wellfields)
2.0 million pounds per year
Total production: 2002 to 2013 9.1 million pounds
2013 production 0.7 million pounds
2014 forecast production 0.6 million pounds
Estimated decommissioning cost $44 million (US)

2013 update


Production this year was as forecast, but slighter lower than 2012 production.


The regulators continued to review our applications to expand and re-license Crow Butte. We are allowed to continue with all previously approved activities during the licence renewal process.

Planning for the future


In 2014, we expect to produce 0.6 million pounds.

Managing our risks

We manage the risks listed here.